Bird Studies

I did some ink drawings to try out my new Staedler pen. Over Christmas, I received this wonderful reference book of all kinds of different birds from around the world. I went through and chose the weirdest ones that I knew would be fun to draw, so these are all referenced from that wonderful book.

Tawny Frogmouth Adult

Tawny Frogmouth Chick
I can’t believe these are real animals

Hawk-Headed Parrot

Hoatzin
(top started out as the chick, but then turned into an imaginative drawing)

The Staedler pen is nice. I like it much more than the old Koh-I-Noor pen I used to have in high school. I think my bad experience with that pen (writes a nice line – for five minutes, then you have to clean it again) is part of what made me not like doing micron drawings. They are fun, but since buying the Staedler I’ve been using my quill pen more (see post below).

Painted Toucan

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There’s this old sculpture of a toucan that’s been sitting on my desk behind my computer for a while. I made it a few years ago out of some kind of water-based clay and did not think it turned out very well, so I thought it’d be fun to practice painting on.

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I’m sorry these photos are such bad quality!

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I think this is a great example of how much a paint job can add to a sculpture. This is what it looked like unpainted:

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A world of difference! It’s gone from being an eyesore to something I like to look at now. :)

The colors are a little duller than I want (the paint I’m using is very, ah … cheap), so I’m looking forward to applying the sealer to increase the contrast. :) Just waiting for it to dry now.

3D painting is a lot of fun. :)

Skullbird

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Skullbird

I was playing around and trying out some paper clay that a friend recommended to me. I decided to try doing a 3D version of one of my skullbirds. I was going to add feathers on the elongated parts, but I sort of like the paint job on it now (I did this before making the Halloween mask).

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I want to put a sealer over the paint, but the two sealers I’ve tried (one matte and one glossy) both dramatically change the color of the paint (they heavily saturate it) (I used the glossy one on the Halloween mask, then painted white on top of it to tone down the saturation). Does anyone know of a sealer that won’t cause such a drastic change in the paint? Or, should I just paint over the sealer? (The bottle of sealer also says it’s a primer.)

I want to try and keep the surface the way it is now, as it has a nice, dusty, kind of “bonelike” look and feel to it right now.

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I did this little one quickly after the one above (sorry these photos are pretty bad quality). This one has a light layer of the glossy sealer on it. It gives it a nice, smooth and more finished look to the piece, and made it much more saturated. It also feels stronger and more sturdy.

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I’m not too familiar with paper clay, I might have used it once before but I don’t remember its properties at all. I really like how it is slightly flexible. I wouldn’t be able to make a tongue like that with regular water-based clay. My friend also told me that wet paper clay will stick to dry paper clay (like plaster), which is simply amazing … the possibilities!

And here are shots of how the skullbird looked before being painted:

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July

Cropping of a late night sketch. I plan to finish this one! Since it is already pretty simple.

I’ve been much busier than I’d been anticipating. I’ve done a lot of unfinished sketch things that I might post if I clean them up a bit, and I should be able to finish some little animations soon.
The room is nearly finished – took a lot longer than I was anticipating due to some CMU friends coming up to visit for Fourth of July (great to see everyone again! (: ). I feng shui-ed the room, and the difference in room ambience is really amazing. Everything feels much more balanced and soothing now. The green is also very calming, I’m very happy I decided to go with this color.
Oh!! And, I’ll also be going see the Pet Shop Boys this September 6th!!!! I’m a huge Pet Shop Boys fan so this is some pretty gigantamongus news.

Two Sketches

I have been pretty busy this past week with moving and seeing friends before leaving. But now I’m back home. :) Spent most of the day organizing 4 years worth of junk, but here are some late night sketches:

Need to tweak the perspective in this one.

Sketch of a boy figure. He kind of looks like he’s playing volleyball or doing some kind of sport, which made me want to do gesture studies of people playing sports, or otherwise exerting their bodies. That’s something I have little experience doing live, but it sounds like it’d be fascinatingly fun – for both anatomy and for capturing something in motion.
I started making the armature for the character I posted earlier, and now that I’m back home I have access to lower gauge wire as well as tons of cloth from the attic. :)
I also did some animating tonight, not very much, they’re more like animated sketches. One is of a wirey bird stick or skeleton figure and the other is of a caterpillar/wave-like walk cycle. I have to figure out an easy way to post these small studies.
I have to say, being a graduate feels every bit as great as I imagined it would. :)